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noun (1)

im·​post ˈim-ˌpōst How to pronounce impost (audio)
: something imposed or levied : tax


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noun (2)

: a block, capital, or molding from which an arch springs see arch illustration

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The new, additional $200 impost buys nothing except the privilege of enjoying Bhutan’s stunning scenery and fresh mountain air. Amy Gunia, Time, 23 Sep. 2022

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Word History


Noun (1)

Middle French, from Medieval Latin impositum, from Latin, neuter of impositus, past participle of imponere

Noun (2)

French imposte, ultimately from Latin impositus

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1568, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1664, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of impost was in 1568

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“Impost.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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